Normalcy has returned to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, Lagos, following the suspension of the warning strike called by the hospital’s branch of the Association of Resident Doctors, ARD, over claims of excessive high taxation of its members by the Lagos state government.
Last week, doctors under the aegis of the LUTH- ARD withdrew their services for three days to protest deductions from their tax refunds arising from recommendations of the Lagos state tax law.
When Vanguard visited the health institution Saturday, there was calm and although the outpatient clinics were closed, healthcare personnel including doctors, senior medical consultants and nurses were attending patients in the wards while the Accident and Emergency unit was fully operational.
Spokesperson of the LUTH- ARD was not available to comment, but it was gathered that the outcome of a meeting between executives of the LUTH -ARD and the officials of the Lagos state Tax Revenue office was fruitful.
A source at the LUTH –ARD office disclosed to our reporter that at the meeting, held yesterday, representatives of Tax Revenue office pleaded for more time to resolve the outstanding issues even as further meetings between the two parties are expected to provide clarifications and better understanding on all parts such that a future strikes would not come to pass.